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Radiographs (x-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical conditions, and are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An x-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.
At both Plattsburgh and Adirondack Veterinary Hospitals we utilize modern ultrasound technologies and are up-to-date on the latest ultrasound assisted procedures for abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds.
Ultrasound is a pain-free, completely non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time moving image of your pet's internal organs. This diagnostic procedure is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, do bladder scans and image other areas such as the thyroid gland, testicles and mammary glands.
The diagnostic tests we perform complement each other. For example, if an x-ray shows a lesion in your pet, an ultrasound may be able to determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasound imaging can reveal cancer, heart lesions, enlarged spleens, and many other conditions. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.
Performing preventive medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results—blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity, and more — it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.
*In-House laboratory testing here in the Peru Veterinary Hospital is limited so more advanced testing and analysis will be completed at other hospitals in our network.
At both Plattsburgh and Adirondack Veterinary Hospitals, we have a complete in-house laboratory. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes.
Laboratory testing allows our veterinarians to obtain additional information to assess your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. This is why we maintain an advanced in-house laboratory and regularly perform tests during your pet's wellness exams or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue.
For example, diagnostic testing can detect heartworm disease, Lyme disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and many additional conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Early blood testing can show evidence of disease such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Diagnostic testing is also included in pre-anesthetic screenings prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia. Annual wellness blood and urine tests, along with other diagnostics, assist us in the early detection of diseases and health conditions.